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Citation

Akbar-Khanzadeh F, Bisesi MS, Rivas RD. Appl. Ergon. 1995; 26(3): 195-198.

Affiliation

Medical College of Ohio, Department of Occupational Health, PO Box 10008, Toledo, OH 43699-0008, USA.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1995, Elsevier Publishing)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

15677018

Abstract

The degree of comfort of personal protective equipment (PPE) was investigated in an automobile encapsulating plant. Up to 96.2% of employees used one or a combination of PPE. Only 8% of the workers felt their respirators were comfortable, 30% tolerated their respirators, and 62% rated them as uncomfortable. The percentage of employees who rated their PPE (other than a respirator) as comfortable ranged from 32 to 52%. For comfort factor, coveralls/aprons rated 52%, safety glasses 51%, rubber gloves 42%, and hearing protectors 36%. PPE was tolerable (just acceptable) for about 30% of the employees. To increase the effectiveness and safety of PPE, the human-factor aspects of PPE design should be emphasized more and quality improvement should cover the wearability of PPE.


Language: en

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